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The illustration is presented as a triptych, with the three parts representing the past, the present and the future.

Here is the young contemplative “Volodya Ulyanov” (Lenin) as a schoolboy in the "present." The young Lenin is shown in color, surrounded by symbols of intellectual purpose (books) and international context (a huge map of the world).

In the past, there is a reprise of Tsar Alexander II’s carriage being blown up, in black and white. The icons of tsarist power are thrown apart in the blast: crown, double-headed eagle, and scepter.

In the future, presumably a scene that represents what the young Lenin is imagining while he sits in the “present,” workers and peasants rise up together under the banners of the revolution.